Chemical imbalance: Weak demand from photographic chemicals will impede industry revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Chemical Product Manufacturing market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Declining demand for certain chemicals and lower production costs abroad even pushed some operations to consolidate
  • Changes in crude oil prices directly affect the cost of production
  • Demand for chemicals used in construction materials is anticipated to increase

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Over the five years to 2017, industry revenue is expected to fall slightly. Chemical manufacturers rely heavily on downstream demand from the manufacturing sector, especially from automotive and appliance industries. Manufacturing activity in several key end-markets is expected to slow over 2017, as it has over the past two years. Meanwhile, demand for photographic chemicals and materials, which are key industry products, has been waning for over a decade. Over the five years to 2022, industry revenue is expected to continue its decline, as increasing manufacturing levels ar emet with weakened demand from photographic chemicals and automotive markets...

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    Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    There are three main product segments within the Chemical Product Manufacturing industry: custom-compounding of purchased resins (28.4% of industry revenue); sensitized photographic film, paper, plates and chemicals (15.9%); and all other miscellaneous chemical products and preparations (55.7%).

    Custom-compounding of resins

    The custom-compounding of purchased plastic resins involves buying plastic from plastic manufacturers and then altering the resins to form new compounds. Industry manufacturers manipulate these resins to increase flexibility, stress resistance and flame resistance to meet customer needs. Ope..

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    Additional Insights for the Chemical Product Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Chemical Product Manufacturing Industry are

  • Ability to expand and curtail operations rapidly in line with market demand
  • Concentration on core business
  • Optimum capacity utilization
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    Industry Products

    What is the Chemical Product Manufacturing Industry?

    Operators in this industry manufacture a diverse range of chemical products. Key activities include custom-compounding of plastic resins and manufacturing toners, toner cartridges, photographic chemicals and sensitized photographic film, paper and plates. Custom-compounding of plastic resins includes custom mixing and blending of purchased plastic resins and reformulating plastic resins from recycled plastic products.

    Industry Products
    Custom-compounding of resins
    Photographic films, papers and plates
    Evaporated salt
    Water-treating compounds
    Automotive chemicals
    Industry Activities
    Custom-compounding resins
    Reformulating plastic resins from recycled plastics products
    Manufacturing sensitized film, paper, cloth and sensitized plates
    Manufacturing toners and toner cartridges
    Manufacturing photographic chemicals

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of crude oil
  • Industrial production index
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Uneven demand
  • Declining demand for photographic chemicals and materials
  • Profit and consolidation
  • International trade
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Tempered growth among industry segments
  • Squeezed profit
  • Rising exports and imports
  • Table: Chemical Product Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Chemical Product Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Office Stationery Wholesaling
  • Camera Stores

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Organic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Paper Mills
  • Plastic & Resin Manufacturing
  • Wood Pulp Mills

  • Products & Services
  • Other
  • Custom-compounding of resins
  • Photographic films, papers and plates
  • Water-treating compounds
  • Automotive chemicals
  • Evaporated salt
  • Gelatin
  • Chart: Chemical Product Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Manufacturing sector
  • Automobile industry
  • Households
  • Exports
  • Construction sector
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Chemical Product Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Chemical Product Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Chemical Product Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Chemical Product Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Chemical Product Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • World Price of Crude Oil (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A raw material supplied to a machine or processing plant that is used for manufacturing.
  • Polymer
  • A chemical compound that has repeating structural units; the term is often used as a synonym for plastic.
  • Sensitized Material
  • A material made sensitive to light by coating it with a photographic emulsion.
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